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    Protection for bike racks?

    Hi,
    I know thieves are typically more after the bike more then the bike rack. Just curious to know how often bike racks are stolen being that they cost anywhere from $50-700.

    Do you secure the bike rack or throw it into the trunk of your car once you remove the bike and go for a ride?

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    i have never heard of anyone removing their bike rack while they go for a ride. i guess i live in a pretty safe area and have never even considered doing that.

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    There's no protection if the opportunity is there, the thief would take it. I have locks on my roof rack, still gone the whole set up, over $600. If you have permanent set up may be just the bike rack but roof system would be safe.

    I'm now on a hitch rack, it's a pain with clearance but it's much harder to steal, as it a bit awkward to bust the lock and unusual wrench needed on my pin. But I don't think is fool proved.

    I had my roof system for over 5 years, it was not too bad as I've got a lot of used out of it, but none the less it still pissed me off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cracksandracks.com
    i have never heard of anyone removing their bike rack while they go for a ride. i guess i live in a pretty safe area and have never even considered doing that.
    You have now When I used a trunk mounted rack I would take it off and put it in the trunk while riding. Maybe I'm over protective of my stuff (if thats possible), but I have a special hatred for people that steel stuff and it is one of those things that bothers me to no end. I want to make sure nothing of mine is easy to steal. I now have a roof mounted rack that does lock on so I no longer have to worry about it.

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    I read one review that says the Kuat NV has a lock mechanism on the hitch pin. Could someone confirm if it's a key lock? This would be a big plus since I don't see the Thule T2 and Yakima Holdup mentioning anything like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyNeutron10101
    I read one review that says the Kuat NV has a lock mechanism on the hitch pin. Could someone confirm if it's a key lock? This would be a big plus since I don't see the Thule T2 and Yakima Holdup mentioning anything like this.

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    It is key lock.

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    Had my roof rack exactly 1 month before they tookthe entire system including T2 racks...:|

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyNeutron10101
    I read one review that says the Kuat NV has a lock mechanism on the hitch pin. Could someone confirm if it's a key lock? This would be a big plus since I don't see the Thule T2 and Yakima Holdup mentioning anything like this.

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    The kuat nv includes a keyed lock for the hitch. it is not keyed the same as the cable locks for the bike. i am told that will change sometime in the future. here is our link to the kuat nv review

    the thule t2 includes a hitch lock as well as locks that go into the ratchet arm.

    Yakima includes a cable lock for the bikes, buy you do need to purchase a separate lock for the hitch. this part is not included with the Holdup.

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    I have a U-Haul hitch with two locking points so I run a couple thick cable locks through those and the Thule tray rack I have. Between that and the rack's own hard-to-reach locking mechanism I feel reasonably comfortable most places I park which is good because it gets used almost every day and never comes off the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iSlowpoke
    Had my roof rack exactly 1 month before they tookthe entire system including T2 racks...:|
    Roof rack+a hitch rack???? Ouch. That sucks. That's easily over $600 dollars there.

    That was my debate. Spend the $400+$170(Class 3 Hitch) and worry it might get stolen or put that extra $570 towards a better bike since my minivan can carry all the bikes I needed.

    Unfrotunately, that wouldn't leave too much room for luggage inside the minivan. In addition, in the event of a car crash at 25MPH+, the damage it could cause to the passengers inside. Hence, the need for a bike rack - safety for the passengers, room for luggage in the trunk area behind the third row seat, and ability to pull into a parking garage at hotels, parking places, fast food, etc...

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